We first met Alex Mason, a talented artist and textile designer, when we toured her bright and airy art studio in Versailles, Kentucky. Today, Alex is tackling our famous #5MinutesWith questionnaire. While we already admired her art, as well as her collection of textiles, wallpapers, and rugs (better known as Ferrick Mason), we’re new fans of her overall approach to creativity — from a unique breakfast to her commitment to a solid work/life balance. Take it away, Alex: 

MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
My lightbulb moment happened at a young age when I was in 6th grade and our school held an arts festival for a week at our school. Visiting artists came to demonstrate visual and performing arts. That is when I knew I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. The textiles didn’t come until my husband panicked that I would be a starving artist. Luckily, he made sure we didn’t starve.

I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I have had breakfast and my breakfast dessert of dark chocolate. I drink decaf tea, so that is where i get my caffeine. I am a dark chocolate addict and surprise myself and my family by chocolate intake in a day.

SUCCESS IS:
Success is being a working artist and textile/wallpaper designer in the game. Being able to share my passion of making beauty with others who appreciate it, is the best feeling. I also think success is sharing what you have learned with others and giving back to your community.

YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A mess of frizzy wild hair, (unless I have just had a cut and color). Sunglasses or my regular glasses, after age 42 I need them for everything.

MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
I have always wanted to do a bedding line. I have a deep love for percale sheets and comfy beds. Any takers please call me!

THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN VERSAILLES, KENTUCKY:
Versailles is beautiful but it is landlocked and has a ridiculous amount of rainy and overcast days. I crave an uncrowded beach with a warm ocean to swim in. I think being in the sea is the best holistic healing.

WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I avoid my studio. I watch old movies and look at my endless collection of ripped out pages from shelter magazines from the past 10 years. Trying to organize them and put them in binders usually gets me inspired again.

ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
I wish I had learned to be less critical of myself 5 years ago. Being kinder and gentler to myself has been a hard lesson, but I think I am finally getting the hang of it.

IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Along with continued painting and creating, I hope I am traveling abroad more. Raising children and running your own business makes it a challenge to get away for many reasons.

ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Relationships come first! Always the most important thing! Whether it be family, friends, or work, I try to make sure my relationships are healthy. When relationships are good, life is good.